Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has described the withdrawal of an invitation to the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Annual General Conference as “unfair and unjust.”
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, on Thursday night, the governor lamented that the NBA based its decision on a one-sided narrative.
The statement read: “That a professional organisation has elected to endorse a one-sided narrative on a profound national issue is something that its members may wish to reflect upon.
“For an association, whose bread and butter is about justice, to make a ruling based on the stridency of people who lampoon judicial processes against certain individuals without hearing the other side is odd.
“Although the decision about who speaks at an NBA event is that of the association’s, El-Rufai wishes to make clear that he did not seek the platform and is not agitated that he has one less speaking engagement.’’
The governor revealed that he accepted the invitation to participate in a panel discussion on national identity based on the request of a lawyer friend, adding that he ‘’accepted as part of his commitment to having a national conversation and the evolution of a national consensus.’’
”These worthy conversations must continue irrespective of platform and El-Rufai will continue to make his voice heard on the things our country needs to do for its progress,” the statement added.
The NBA on Thursday withdrew the governor’s invitation to the conference after some lawyers protested the Kaduna State government’s poor handling of killings in the southern part of the state.